Join us at City Lit Books as we welcome
Michael Golden and his debut book, Unlock
Congress: Reform the Rules – Restore the System. He will be in conversation with Marty Castro,
President and CEO of Castro Synergies and appointed by President Barack Obama
to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
In Unlock Congress, Michael Golden
takes readers on an easy-to-understand historical expedition and investigation
into the ways congressional failure leads to a harmful PRODUCT. Digging deeper, the
book identifies the PROBLEM – how
obsolete rules have led to major defects in the system. Finally, Unlock Congress lays out a PLATFORM designed to strengthen the
system and reinvigorate both the process and its players.
Unlock Congress serves up startling facts and revealing stories to explore
and explain Congress’s poor productivity.
Once the defects that fuel the problem and their effects are summarized,
Unlock Congress introduces a PLATFORM of principles and solutions
geared toward unleashing our legislators’ true potential.
Michael Golden, author of Unlock Congress: Reform the Rules – Restore the System, has
served as a campaign manager and communications strategist on political races
for the White House, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives. As a
former broadcast journalist for NBC and CBS television, his investigative and
public affairs reporting earned him honors from the Associated Press, the
Edward R. Murrow Awards, and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2006
Golden co-founded One Million Degrees, a nonprofit scholarship program that has
empowered hundreds of low-income community college students to graduate and
launch careers. Golden serves on the
boards of the Shriver Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, and he
was selected by the Illinois General Assembly to serve on the state’s
Commission to Eliminate Poverty.
Marty Castro is the President and CEO of
Castro Synergies, LLC, which provides strategic consulting services to
corporations, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations that seek to
collaborate with and have a positive social impact on diverse communities. Mr.
Castro was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights in January of 2011. In December 2009, Mr. Castro was appointed by
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to Chair the Illinois Human Rights Commission. The
Human Rights Commission is the State public body that arbitrates complaints of
civil rights violations in housing, employment, public accommodations and
financial credit. Mr. Castro is chair of the board of the National Museum of
Mexican Art, the only accredited Latino Museum in the United States. He also
serves on the board of the Chicago Community Trust.